Journey to the Manger: Exploring the Birth of Jesus

Journey to the Manger: Exploring the Birth of Jesus

by Paula Gooder (Editor)


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Journey to the Manger explores the New Testaments various accounts of the birth of Jesus: their origins in Old Testament prophecies, the genealogies, the angelic announcements, the journeys and arrivals, and the aftermath of Jesus birth for the powerful and the poor alike.

Engaging seriously with biblical and historical criticism, Paula Gooder uncovers key similarities running through the Gospel writers accounts and focuses on their shared understanding of the significant events they describe.

Her detailed exploration of the texts is a gold mine for preaching and teaching, and will breathe new life into the familiar Christmas stories heard year after year in churches, hymn sings, and nativity plays. Devotional reflections and discussion questions also make this ideal for personal and group study.

Rooted in the conviction that greater understanding of the Bible leads to deeper discipleship, this is an essential resource for preachers, teachers, and study group leaders, as well as those who simply wish to get to know the Bible better.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506418872
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,349,051
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paula Gooder is Theologian in Residence for Bible Society and a Reader in the Church of England. She is author of Searching for Meaning (2008), the best-selling Lent course, Lentwise (2010), and Heaven (2011).

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Origins 1

1 The Genealogies of Matthew and Luke 3

2 The Genealogy of John 15

Part 2 Announcements 35

3 The Prophecy of John's Birth 37

4 The Prophecy of Jesus' Birth 51

Part 3 Arrivals 81

5 The Birth of John 83

6 The Birth of Jesus 94

Part 4 Aftermaths 117

7 Herod and the Magi 119

8 Simeon and Anna 138

Questions for Bible Study/Advent Groups 152

For Further Reading 156

Biblical Index 157

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